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C.J. Jackson & Johanna Maska, Dole Fellows
Henry C. “C.J.” Jackson is the author of POLITICO’s definitive evening wrap on the 2016 presidential race, the 2016 Blast. He also co-teaches a class on covering presidential elections in the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications. He is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience covering national politics, campaigns and elections. Before joining POLITICO, Jackson spent nearly 10 years with The Associated Press, including six years as a national writer based in Washington, D.C., where he covered Congress, politics and a variety of policy beats. Before moving to Washington, Jackson served as a political writer for the AP in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jackson covered the beginnings of Barack Obama’s groundbreaking Iowa campaign, including the first print interview after then-Sen. Obama declared his presidential campaign. He has interviewed an array of presidential hopefuls, including all of the candidate who ran for president in 2016 not named “Donald Trump.” Jackson was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2004.
Johanna Maska is former Director of Press Advance for the Obama White House, managing President Obama’s public image on trips across the United States and to 40 countries including extended tours of Asia, South America, Europe and Africa. She played a key role in President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
Maska left the White House in 2015 to join the executive team of the Los Angeles Times, from which she continued on to found Ad Astra Strategies, where she is a growth and strategy advisor to early stage companies. Maska graduated from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2004.
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